Dinner before show at the HP Pavilion...timely, friendly, delicious! (Found this restaurant on Open Table listing...what a find!)
3/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Once you find it, tucked away
Once you find it, tucked away in a huge office complex, you can expect a good but not outstanding Italian meal. The waitstaff bustles about but is overtaxed (although our waitress was competent and friendly, she was frequently hard to find). The location just across a pedestrian bridge is ideal for diners attending a performance at the civic theater; free parking in the garage attached to the building is a definite bonus. Be sure to make it crystal clear if you have a timetable to meet, or you will end up without dessert or coffee as we did.
3/22/2013 5:00:00 PM
Very good unrushed service
Very good unrushed service with consistently great food
Best to go after 7:30 when the theater crowd leaves
3/22/2013 5:00:00 PM
Mikey & Susie's Admiration
We thank the recommendation by San Jose Civic about dining at Paolo's as we enjoyed our meal's along with the courteous and
attentive service provided on our first but certainly not our last visit to this establishment.
3/28/2013 5:00:00 PM
Fabulous bartender, attentive
Fabulous bartender, attentive staff, great pre-theater dinner place. The food is high end. They validate parking
4/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
Good spot if youare going
Good spot if youare going to SJ Performing Arts. Food is just mediocre.
4/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
Paolo's is a short walk away
Paolo's is a short walk away from the SJ Center of Performing Arts. This makes it a no brainer if you are attending a show. There is a special preset show menu option on nights of shows. The food was great with friendly service that is not trying to rush you out the door. There is a full bar & a nice wine list. I would go back again.
4/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Food was delicious, but service
Food was delicious, but service could have been better. Waiter wasn't very knowledgable about dishes or pairings. Dessert was a miss, but the gnocchi and the meat and cheese platter were outstanding.
4/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
We were in a rush to get to a show, and the owner and waiter were spectacular -- we made it to the show with time to spare. Each dish was cooked to perfection, the wine list is top notch and we found the ambience sophisticated, quiet and 'calming', particularly after a stressful jam-up of traffic from SF. Great evening!
4/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
Fine Dining at its Best!
Incredible good! Reminds me of old fine dining restaurant with an up-to-date menu.
4/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food was excellent. Service
Food was excellent. Service was a little slow. We went there before a show and told the waiter when we arrived but he seemed to be working on his own time.
Really nice place
5/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Always a family favorite
Any combination of us can agree on where to eat downtown: Paolo's. The menu is flexible without being too dynamic, and the quality of execution on apps and entree never fail to satisfy. Come for the free parking, stay for the food and service. You will come back.
5/7/2013 5:00:00 PM
The Food and service were
The Food and service were excellent. A wonderful place for dinner
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Service should be seen, not heard
This was our second visit to Paolo's, and the food has been excellent both times. Two of our party had their prix fixe with hanger steak and that was very good. My osso bucco was perfectly prepared this time and last. The location is extremely convenient for before or after theater dining and the quiet, elegant atmosphere is nice for an intimate dinner. Parking is convenient and free with validation. On our first visit, the service was excellent. This visit, however, they were extremely busy with the pre-theater crowd, and dinner took quite a while--not an issue on a relaxed Mother's Day dinner--but the waitress seemed to feel compelled to continuously come by and tell us that she was taking good care of us...very unprofessional.
5/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
MFA Graduation Celebration
We could not have chosen a better restaurant to celebrate our MFA graduations from SJSU with our children and our mother. The food was outstanding, the service was excellent, making our evening one of the most memorable. I have not eaten at Paolo's since they moved to their new location and I was a little afraid that they had changed enough that I would not be happy, but I was pleasantly surprised that the experience was even better.
5/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Easy to write the review
It is easy to write because the food quality and excellent service speak for themselves. We come here often because it is consistent in quality and menu appeal. Every guest is well treated.
5/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
broadway san jose opening night
everything was much better for the theatre crowd on opening night...
100%improvement over the last time...
6/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Outstanding as usual
Friendly service, outstanding food and easy parking make this one of our favorite restaurants.
6/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great place for office group lunch
The menu accommodates varies food preferences, the service was fast and we could hear each other talk!
6/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always Great Execution!
Most recently with the san jose dining week menu. The parchment wrapped fish and spring vegetables was so very good. Knowledgeable owners and long time staff combine for a predictably excellent dining experience.
6/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food, service, atmosphere were excellent. The hangar steak with mashed potatoes, fresh green beans and corn were seasoned just right and so delicious. The coconut panna cotta was so creamy and yummy. Lovely dining room with friendly, attentive service. Highly recommended.
6/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
A perennial favorite
Once again, the atmosphere and consistent execution of the menu items made for a most enjoyable evening. Good job with the fish, very good grilled mushrooms and excellent service.
7/16/2013 5:00:00 PM
Incredible food in the perfect setting with impeccable and thoughtful service...could not have asked for a more perfect night!
8/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Really nice special Halibut
This most recent visit brought the usual excellent food and service. The Pollo Alla Tripiano (Braised chicken, white wine, tomato, onion, sweet peppers, zucchini, peas, soft polenta) most excellent with a creamy polenta and a nice flavor balance ot the dish overall. The sear on the Halibut was just spot on for both sides of the fish and the inside was fresh and moist. Hard to put the fork down. I really liked seeing a couple dining here for the first time encountering the menu from a fresh perspective.
8/21/2013 5:00:00 PM
The food is good the servics is even better
I will be sending my friends here
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
The owner understands wine and the cellar is very well stocked. The wait staff knows the menu and the pairings. The bread is divine. Always happy to eat here for a family meal or a romantic dinner either one.
8/29/2013 5:00:00 PM
Paolo's was great! The food
Paolo's was great! The food was delicious and the waitress was well informed and helpful. It was our first time dining there and we'll definitely go back - hope the next time will be as good!
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Quiet, refined, excellent service
I was looking for a restaurant close in Silicon Valley to bring a friend who was in town for a conference. I took a chance on Paolo's because I liked the menu and the reviews were mostly favorable. The restaurant is on the ground floor of an office building and it was nearly deserted on Friday night. I am assuming they do a busy lunch business during the week. We all enjoyed our food and the wait staff was attentive and very responsive. We made substitutions and asked for extras and they were very accommodating. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for a good Italian meal. If you are looking for a busy, happening scene, go elsewhere.
9/19/2013 5:00:00 PM
A perfect choice for a family meal
My wife and I have dined at Paolo's a couple times, so we decided to choose Paolo's to treat our parents visiting for our son's birthday. It also happened to be close to my father's birthday, too. Essie our waiter seemed to take great pleasure in taking care of our families.
I also appreciate that Paolo's offers me a military discount. Not a very common gesture here in the South Bay and it has earned my loyalty.
9/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
As always, Paolo's was consistently excellent. We had a party of 5, each having a different meal. All of us enjoyed our choice and will return again and again.
9/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Food & Service
My wife and I had a very romantic dinner. We were greeted by our host Ms. Flower and right away felt the professionalism. The food was great as well as our drinks. And if you have room taste the chocolate caramel cake, it is to die for.
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
They do an excellent job in making you feel comfortable.
10/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wasn't sure when we drove up. But well worth it
Osso bucco was the best I've ever had
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
This restaurant was excellent - every course a delight and great attention by wait staff!
10/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Place to Splurge
This is an excellent restaurant with great food and ambiance. It is perfect for a special occassion or just a romantic getaway. The wine list is fairly broad (don't understand why as nice as this place is they only offer Silver Oak -Alexander Valley and not the Napa), the food was well prepared and presented, one of the few places where the salmon is cooked correctly. Our server was attentive without hovering too much and very accomadating. We will be back, maybe not as often as we would like but as often as possible.
10/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Celebrated a significant birthday
Celebrated a significant birthday and a retirement. The service was phenomenal. They allowed us to set a comfortable pace and we never felt rushed. However, they were very attentive. The food also was great. I had a salad with an orange/olive oil dressing that was excellent. I would definitely recommend it and will return.
10/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent Late Night Find
This is a great restaurant if you are looking for fine dining after a show at the Pavilion. It's less than 5 minutes away
Check out their menu, you will be glad you did. Enjoy!
10/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very good experience
Three of us went for Silicon Valley Restaurant week and had the special prix fixe menu. The fritto misto was light and crispy and the appetizers were good sized portions. The flat iron steaks were tender and cooked just right. The fish in parchment was also good. Everything was seasoned nicely and not too salty. The desserts were also delicious. Nice quiet atmosphere.
10/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent food and service
Excellent food and service for a relatively expensive dining experience, but definitely worth the extra dollars if you want a special occasion dinner.
10/21/2013 5:00:00 PM
My friend and I ordered a
My friend and I ordered a total of four appetizers and shared. The portions were quite generous, definitely enough for dinner, and they were all quite tasty.
10/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
My husband and I have loved Paolos since they were in their previous location. We've visited together, separately, and with friends. Our kids finally "earned" the right to go with us and they loved it. We are definitely a Paolos family. The service is always better than the best with outstanding staff and the food is wonderful. If there were one thing I would change, it would be to bring back our favorite appetizer of all time at Paolos - duck ravioli!
10/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Every time I dine at Paolo's I know they will make it a special experience. Great wine list and wonderful entrees coupled with old world charm and experienced waiters.
10/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful dining experience!
I took my aunt here for dinner before going to a show at the performing arts center. The staff was very nice and they stayed mindful of our theatre reservations but did not make us feel rushed. The food was absolutely delicious and the wine pairing was on point. I will be recommending this restaurant to others and will return myself.
11/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Happy to be back to Paolos!
Dining light on a Friday Night starting with Grigliata Di Funghi Alla Toscana split between us. I had the Pesce Del Giorno (Grilled Salmon done fine and flaky with a textbook sear) and my wife enjoyed the Orecchiette with sausage and broccolirab. Impeccable service as usual, if you have not come here you NEED to. The wine flight of 5 glasses goes very well with anything you can order because you can create the assortment from the list of wines by the glass. Great coffee also.
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
took client to lunch there recently and had the little ears pasta with sausage and broccoli rabe, amazing flavors, pasta cooked perfectly. Very attentive service in the old italian style.
11/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
I organized a team dinner for 14 people 2 days in advance. Paolo's was very accomidating, we got a great table and had an excellent server. Highly recommend for any business dinners.
11/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
All the people there at the restaurant made it a wonderful evening and it was only the first 2 hours of the evening
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
The service was excellent;
The service was excellent; the waiter was friendly, helpful, and attentive. The food was delicious; we began with the salad di campo, which was light and enjoyed the thin slices of pear, persimmon, and pomegranate in it; had the halibut with creamy mashed potatoes and string beans, and could not resist the tiramisu for dessert. The atmosphere lent itself to private conversation in a pleasant environment.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Kiss the chef, it is so good!
Found Paolo's by accident, looking through Open Table. And what a happy accident it was! The service was among the top 5 restaurants I have ever eaten at. The food was easily among the top 5 restaurants I have ever enjoyed as well. By the end of the night we were on a first name basis with our server, Shawn, I had cried tears of joy from one of the dishes, and we had met the owner. It was an amazing experience!
I would highly recommend this to anyone! A great place for a date night, nice dinner after work or the movies. The staff is so attentive and warm. They made us feel relaxed and at home. It was the best kind of dinner - a 2 hour experience of culinary delight!
11/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great place, but staff's in no rush
Excellent service, but a bit too leisurely. Food was great.
12/3/2013 4:00:00 PM